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Designing, Building, and Testing Your Own Speaker System with Projects 4th Edition
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The 4th edition has been edited to the fundamental information required to design loudspeakers. In addition, Mr. Weems added design information on 3rd and 4th order cross over networks and added the governing equations to determine fb, f3 and Vb for closed and vented boxes. The BASIC source code for programs to design speaker and cross overs is also provided. Yea, the BASIC code is a little dated since most operating systems don't have a BASIC interpreter these days. I would like to see the programs downloadable (preferably in VB), but I have used the source code and the equations to write make my own VB application.
Weems provides both exact solutions (for math lovers), and the "minimal math" approach as well. Either way, you need to do "some" math to correctly design a loudspeaker enclosure. Most folks, who have mastered high school algebra and can solve simple equations, should be able to use the charts and graphs and design boxes and cross over networks.
I recommend this book for everyone from pro's to beginners. For the Physicists and Engineers out there, you may be a little disappointed that the derivation of the solutions are not presented. For beginners, if the design task seems overwhelming, this book will provide a great foundation to buy a kit from one of the online retailers. Either way, if I had to choose one speaker building book, this would be the one.
BASIC programs isn't a problem for me but might be for some people as a lot of them may not even know what BASIC is or may not want to take the time to type them in. No need to worry though because you can order both the BASIC and Windows versions of the program through the book... If you like it, buy it.
The Bottom line is, If your just an average joe, "like me" and you want to learn how build great sounding speakers that you'll be proud of.. without being a phd, or going broke.. then get this book.
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Its a good fun book which promotes a hands on experience, the main problem with it is that its not updated, nowadays design is heavily done with the aid of a computer, the... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Ssound